Our trip to go snow tubing at Diamond Lake was a BLAST! We had been planning it for weeks and the kids were ecstatic. Truth be told, Brooke and I were just as giddy to go! Between the two of us we have 6 kids total, including two sets of boy/girl twins, and each a singleton girl!
We decided ahead of time we were going to make it a day trip and pack lunches for a little snow pic-nic together. There is lodging options as well and it would be fun to stay a day or two next time! The drive was nice, only about 2 hours from Grants Pass. There is also a little store with food and snow gear just in case you forgot something like I always do! There is also a few dining options located by the store, hotel and cabins.
At the tubing hill they also have a few snacks available and snow gear if needed. One fun thing we didn’t expect was the music playing outside and families eating what they brought in and bbq’n in the parking lot!
The entire atmosphere was family friendly. When we got to the hill, we selected our tubes. They have single or doubles to choose from. While riding the conveyor belt to the top we all realized how fast everyone was going, we were terrified and excited all at the same time! The ride down is about 25 seconds but feels like 5! Little did we know that about 1 hour before closing it’s less, maybe 20 seconds to the bottom and you start to go further and further past the finish line!
That last hour was probably my favorite. Most the crowd had left or went to the parking lot to bbq so the line was shorter. We had gotten over the initial anxiety of going down and we’re having a blast by then! The kids were going down backwards and on their stomachs and my friend Brooke was able to record her and I going down together, best video ever!
Both of our families are from California and have lived in Oregon 10-12 years and this was by far one of the funnest things I have done in Oregon! There were no electronics involved besides a fun video with lots of laughs and amazing family memories made! I highly recommend going to Diamond lake for your next family trip!
The season usually starts in December to March, but depending on the weather conditions may extend to April.
For dates, hours of operation, costs and more details you can visit:
or call 541-793-3333
By Jennifer Whitney
Join in the Victorian Christmas Celebration activities in Jacksonville, Oregon.
Holiday Festivities continue on weekends up to Christmas
Christmas Tree Lighting, caroling at 5pm. and visits with Father Christmas from 11am-4pm on Novemer 30th, 2019.
Experience an old fashioned Holiday Season every Saturday and Sunday in December when Historic Jacksonville is transformed into a 19th Century village celebrating Christmas in Victorian style. Enjoy the buildings decorated with greenery and lights. Listen to and join in with strolling Carolers. Sip some hot cider from a street side stand. Take a horse drawn wagon ride.
Don’t miss the Victorian Christmas Parade at 10am.
Stop by Dan McGeorge Photo Gallery to visit Father Christmas. Bring your camera to take photos of your kiddos
Take a ride on the Holly Jolly Trolley for just $1 as it makes a short loop around town and lets you off to shop and eat.
Make sure one of your stops is the 1873 Beekman House Museum at 470 E. California. It’s decorated for a Victorian Christmas in the late 1800s. Costumed docents share the origins of holiday traditions during 1- hour tours between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. every weekend. Find the good luck pickle on the Christmas tree; steal a kiss under the mistletoe; and sample one of Mrs. Beekman’s sugar cookies.
You also can step behind the counter of the Beekman Bank Museum, the oldest financial institution in the Pacific Northwest. Peer in drawers, walk in the vault, and interact with docents sharing stories of late 19th Century banking practices, gold shipping, and handshake deals.
And there are special activities and events every day! For a complete list of event, times, and locations visit www.ChristmasinJacksonville.com and www.historicjacksonville.org.
A wonderful time for the Holiday Season. Bring the family for the weekend events to see Santa and Mrs. Claus, play games, see the beautiful decorations, local art and more.
Activities include Fishing at the North Pole, Coloring and Letters to Santa, holiday building project with The Home Depot, face painting by Leslie Heidner Body Art, and taking that perfect photo in the spectacular Southern Oregon Adventure setting.
Every 45 minutes, the entertainment on the big stage will change, ranging from bands to choirs to individual singers to classical performers during this live musical mash-up.
Santa will be available for pictures, so bring your camera.
Evergreen Federal Bank will feature its spectacularly unique Southern Oregon Adventure displays. We are honored to hold our Festival at this one-of-a-kind venue. Thank you, Evergreen Federal Bank!
Santa’s schedule will be from 10:00 to 11:30 am, 12:00 to 1:30 pm, and 2:00 to 4:00 pm on Saturday and Sunday. When you go fishing at the North Pole, you’ll catch a bookmark that you can use to pick out a children’s book from Santa’s library. Bring your book to Santa, and he will sign it for you!
Tickets for Saturday or Sunday during the Weekend Holiday Event are only sold at the door. Admission prices are as follows:
Adult (18–54): $5
Children (5–17) / Senior (55+): $3
Children 4 & under: Free
Family Pass (up to 6 family members): $20
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Southern Oregon is ready to celebrate with some Autumn Adventures. Find family favorite Harvest Festivals and Pumpkin Patches, Corn Mazes, Haunts and more. Bring the family and join in for all the fun Fall Festivities.
Harvest Festivals and Pumpkin Patches
Pheasant Fields Farm Harvest Festival. Pumpkin Patch, Hay ride, Corn Maze, Music, Local artisans and more! Located at 1865 Camp Baker Rd in Medford, Oregon. facebook.com/pheasantfieldsfarmoregon
Flashlight Nights at Pheasant Fields Farm Corn Maze. facebook.com/pheasantfieldsfarmoregon
Valley View Nursery Harvest Festival. Weekends Oct. 12, 13 & 19 , 20 & 26, 27 , 2019 from 10am-4pm. Activity bracelet available for purchase for all day unlimited. Take a hay ride to the Pumpkin Patch, haystack climb, ride the bug train, slide down squirrel moutain, jump house, corn maze, wood fired pizza, food & beverages available. Located at 1675 N. Valley View Rd. in Ashland, Oregon. http://www.valleyviewnursery.com/
Fort Vannoy Pumpkin Patch & Corn Maze. Open Daily in October from 11am-6pm. Farm stand, pumpkin patch, kid’s activities. Weekends : Hay rides, zip lines, pumpkin chunker, cow train, monster truck rides, camel rides, petting zoo, bounce house, food vendors. Located at 5791 Lower River Rd. in Grants Pass Oregon. www.fortvannoyfarms.com
Haunted Maze at Fort Vannoy Farms. October 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26, 30, 31 from 7pm-10pm. Located at 5791 Lower River Rd in Grants Pass, Oregon. www.fortvannoyfarms.com
Harry & David Harvest Festival. Oct. 12 & 13, 19 & 20th, 2019 from 11-3pm. Pumpkin and face painting for children ages 12 and under. Live music and delicious treats for the whole family. Beer and wine tastings for ages 21 and older. Free admission, canned food donations to benefit Teresa McCormick Center are encouraged. Located at Harry & David Country Village Store, 1314 Center Dr. Medford, Oregon. https://stores.harryanddavid.com/medford-or?utm_source=local&utm_medium=organic&utm_campaign=gmb
Shooting Star Nursery Apple Tasting & Fall Celebration. Oct. 19th, 2019 from 11-3pm. Apple tasting, music, apple cider, kid’s craft table, food, ice cream and more. Located at 3223 Taylor Rd. Central Point, Oregon www.roguevalleynursery.com
Scarecrow Festival. Saturday October 5th & Sunday October 6th, 2019 from 11am-4pm. In the centuries-old tradition farmers used to save their crops, you can make your own scarecrow. When you’ve completed your scarecrow you can enter it in the Scarecrow Contest and compete for a People’s Choice Award, OR take your scarecrow home with. Everything you need to make a scarecrow is available in a kit for just $15 ($10 for SOHS Members). While you’re at the farm plan to take a hay ride, paint a pumpkin or bob for an apple, browse the Hanley Mercantile, enjoy lunch prepared by the Jackson County Master Food Preservers, or tour the Hanley House ($5). Don’t miss your chance to be part of the Scarecrow Festival Weekend! 1053 Hanley Road, Central Point. http://www.sohs.org/node/185002
Grants Pass Shopping Center Halloween Festival. Oct. 26th, 2019 from 1-4pm. Trick or Treat at participating store, BugsRUs, Bounce Houses, face painting, kid’s costume contest, balloon animals. 959 NE D St, Grants Pass.
Day of the Dead Race. November 2nd, 2019. 1mi, 5k, 10k race, food, dance, music, culture, face painting, booths, community and more! Located in Talent, Oregon near City Hall. http://dayofthedeadrace.com/
The Wood House Festival. Halloween Open House. Located in Eagle Point, Oregon. https://southernoregonfamily.com/wood-house/
Kruse Farms Pumpkin Patch. Weekends in October from 10am-4pm. Pumpkin Patch, Hayrides, Corn Maze, Hay Maze, food and more. Located at 532 Melrose Rd. Roseburg, Oregon. http://www.krusefarms.com/
Youngs Fall Festival. Open Fridays & Saturdays in October. Located in Roseburg, Oregon. http://www.youngs-garden.com/event/
Mahaffy Ranch Pumpkin Patch. Pumpkin Patch, Hay Maze, Corn Maze and more. Located in Coos Bay, Oregon. http://mahaffyranch.com/
Klamath Basin Potato Festival. Parade, food, vendors, Spud Run, music, exhibits and more. Located in Merrill, Oregon. http://www.klamathbasinpotatofestival.com/home
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Pheasant Field Farms Harvest Festival and Pumpkin Patch is a family favorite in the Rogue Valley.
Held every weekend in October there is a bounty of colorful pumpkins of all sizes to choose from and fun activities to do.
Kids will have fun in the bounce houses or getting their faces painted among other booths or climbing on the hay hill.
A cow train ride ride is very popular.
The family can take a tractor pulled wagon ride to hear about the farm .
There is a big barn marketplace where you can do a little shopping and a cafe where you can get a bite to eat.
The huge Corn Maze is always fun and they host night time events.
Located at 1865 Camp Baker Rd, Medford, Oregon.
Ever since seeing pictures of the clear blue water of Spring Creek, I was dying to go! In August, we had the chance to go and didn’t hesitate.
We put in at Spring Creek Recreation Site and kayaked upstream to the headwaters. The current is so gentle that, whether you’re going down stream or up, it’s pretty easy to paddle. This easy paddling allows you to take in the beautiful scenery – especially the crystal clear, turquoise water! I didn’t get sick of staring at it the entire trip. When looking at the other kayakers moving across the water, it looks as if they are gliding on ice … and if you feel the water you’ll find it’s just about as cold as ice. I could only handle having a hand or foot in for a few seconds before quickly pulling out in pain.
Once you reach the headwaters, you can see where the spring originates from bubbling up out of the ground. Some people call the little hurricanes of sand “dancing sand.” My son jumped out and stepped in one and was surprised to find that his foot sank in quite a bit!
We picnicked in our kayaks before heading back downstream.
Another favorite part of the trip was seeing the Mare’s Eggs- a rare freshwater algae that only grow in a few places around the world. It grows in colonies that cover the bottom of the creek in certain areas. I could go on and on about how gorgeous this area is, but all you have to do is take one look at a picture and you’ll be dying to see it for yourself!
Some families bring their own kayaks or you can rent from
Lakes Wilderness Adventures. 112 W Chocktoot St, Chiloquin, OR 97624 (541) 591-0949
Happens in October in Ashland , Oregon.
Bring the whole family to North Mountain Park in Ashland for this free event featuring interactive exhibits, kids activities, live animals, salmon and watershed education, Native American demonstrations, fly-casting, storytelling, live music, and the opportunity to spend the day outside exploring beautiful North Mountain Park.
“Communities Connected by Water” will highlight the connections we all have with our watershed and the diverse habitats that serve watershed health from the highest peaks to the lowest creeks.
North Mountain Park, 620 N. Mountain Ave. in Ashland Oregon.
Southern Oregon has several 4th of July Celebrations. Bring your family for Fun Runs, Parades, festivities, street fairs, entertainment and fireworks. Have a safe and fun day!
4th of July Run in Ashland, Oregon. start at 7:45 am. Adults, children and families are welcome. Ashland Parks and Recreation 541-488-5340. Toregister: ashland.or.us/JulyRun
Ashland 4th of July Parade & Celebration. Ashland’s Old Fashioned 4th of July Celebration kicks off the morning with the Parks & Recreation run. Parade at 10am in downtown Ashland, flyover, followed by festivities in Lithia Park featuring food, booths, Family Activity Zone, Ashland City Band performs in the Lithia Park Bandshell. Fireworks in the evening visible all throughout town. Ashland, Oregon Chamber of Commerce ashlandchamber.com 541-482-3486.
Central Point Freedom Festival. 7am pancake breakfast, 7:30am Run 4 Freedom 5K & 1 mile. 8:45am Kids Fun Run, 9:30am Pine Street Parade , 10:30am Pfaff Park Festivities with food, artisans, vendors and free kids activities, 11am Live Music. A full day of activities! Pfaff Park, 635 Manzanita St, Central Point, Oregon. centralpointchamber.org
BoomFest! Gates open at 3pm. Live music, kid’s activities, food, beer garden available leading up the a huge fireworks display. Free entry at the Jackson County Fairgrounds, 1 Peninger in Central Point, Oregon. attheexpo.com
Eagle Point Independence Day Celebration. 7-10am Pancake breakfast, 8am Fun Run, Vendor booth 9am-3pm, 11am Fly Over, Parade at 11am, Noon-3pm live music with Rewing & Kid Zone activity area, 6pm Stadium open, 6:15pm Family activities & carnival games, fireworks at dusk Eagle Point, Oregon. eaglepointchamber.org
Grants Pass 4th of July Celebration. 7pm-10:30pm. Bring the family for a live concert followed by fireworks at Reinhart Volunteer Park, 1690 Webster Street, Grants Pass, Oregon. travelgrantspass.com
Merker/Belnap Memorial Walk/Run. 7:30am. The Merker/Belnap Memorial Walk/Run was established to honor John, Max and Ryan and to raise funds for an annual college scholarship to be awarded in their name. 541-474-0001, grantspassymca.org
Brookings Harbor Celebration. Pancake breakfast, kids area, BBQ, family activities, vendors, live music. fireworks at dusk at Sportshaven Beach. brookings.or.us
Klamath Falls Freedom Celebration. Parade, activities and fireworks. klamathfc.org/
Glendale 4th of July Celebration. Pancake breakfast in the park from 8-10am. Parade at 11am. fun activities, fireworks at dusk at High School.
Looking for free children’s activities to kick those the summertime blues?
The Park & Play program provides free activities, sports, crafts and bounce houses guaranteed to deliver a positive and enjoyable experience for your kids.
The Park & Play crew brings a mobile recreation vehicle and leads children in fun, engaging outdoor activities aimed to increase activity, creativity, and build social skills.
The daily schedule consists of a game, sport or contest, a creative art project and time in the bounce house. The bounce house is monitored closely by staff and administers a time limit to guarantee that everyone gets a chance to bounce safely.
Park & Play visits eight Medford parks Monday through Thursday, stopping at two parks each day for two hours; 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m.
The schedule allows Park & Play to visit a park in each Medford once a week to assure that all residents have access to the program. Park & Play runs for eight weeks beginning in June.
The program is also available at the Rogue Credit Union Movies in the Park series providing free pre-show movie themed activities Saturday evenings from June through August at several city parks.
Go to playmedford.com or call 541-774-2400 for more information.